Booze and balls. Bocce ball is one of those sports where you either love it or hate it, there’s no in-between. If you’re looking for a place to throw a heavy ball in a pit of sand while getting hammered on cheap drinks, you’ve come to the right place. In honor of the questionable Italian sport, here is a round up of the few bars you can break out into a game of bocce ball in. Grab a drink and your balls…bocce balls, that is.
Southern food and Italian sports are an unlikely combination, but are what you’ll find over at Vendetta. Sip on discounted libations (like $5 wine by the class or $1 off rail and draft drinks) during happy hour before busting out into a game of bocce ball on the bar’s indoor ball court. The game is free, but the drinks are not.
Down as much wine as you can before throwing your balls. Happy hour is every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Vinoteca, which means you can sip on $5 glasses of wine or a $5 peroni draft before tossing balls on the patio.
If you get bored of bocce (which is expected), swing by Pinstripes. Bocce and bowling can be found over at this Georgetown bar. Before you grab either ball for a toss, pick your poison from a selection of $4 wine, $4 tap beer, or $5 premium wells between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. When you’re sufficiently hammered, take to the bocce ball court or the bowling lanes. Just make sure to throw the balls on the appropriate lane or court and not at other people.
Bocce balls and all night happy hour. At Grand Central drink as much as you can during all night happy hour Monday and Tuesday, or between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. When you’re done, put in a special request for the bocce ball court (or stick to beer pong, if you hate bocce) and get the ball rolling (literally).
If this list made you want to throw up, go to The Black Cat. They don’t have bocce ball at all. Instead, spend the hours between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday in the venue’s Red Room Bar drinking and playing pinball. You’ve still got your balls, but none of them have to do with bocce.